Was Your Back Injured in a Car Accident?
Call our Portland auto accident attorneys!
Are you dealing with back pain after a
car accident? How do you know if your stiffness and soreness is something more serious?
If you or someone you love was involved in an auto accident, we strongly
suggest that you see a doctor if you have not yet done so. Seeing a doctor
after a car accident serves a dual purpose – you get the treatment
you need while simultaneously establishing evidence of your injuries and
the extent of those injuries.
Back pain is one of the most common complaints from people involved in
car accidents, but sometimes these injuries are serious and even permanently
Contact our Portland injury attorneys to learn more about
your legal rights and options after an accident.
Types of Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Spinal Cord Injuries
spinal cord injury, if severe enough, can leave a person paralyzed. The spinal column is
a complex configuration of ligaments, nerves, and bone. If damaged, an
individual can suffer from limb weakness, loss of feeling, and permanent
or partial paralysis. Sometimes, surgery and therapy can help heal or
improve a spinal cord injury. In the most severe cases, spinal cord damage
Herniated and Protruding Discs
If you’ve ever heard of a “slipped” disc or a “ruptured”
disc, these are common ways people refer to a condition called herniated
disc. These discs are found along the spinal column. If they move out
of their proper place, they can place pressure on the surrounding nerves.
This can in turn cause severe pain, tingling, numbness, and even immobility.
A fractured vertebrae – also known as a “compression fracture”
– is common in older adults but can also be caused by repetitive
stress and injury. Most often, vertebrae fractures affect the lower back
and cause sharp, stabbing pain. Some cases of fractured vertebrae cause
tingling, numbness, and immobility as well.
Upper Back / Thoracic Injuries
Your upper back is the region of the spine known as the thoracic region.
Thoracic injuries are commonly caused by sudden trauma, such as trauma
from an auto accident. Because the thoracic region of the spine/back is
in line with the chest, thoracic upper back injuries can make it difficult
for a patient to breathe without pain and difficulty.
Lower Back / Lumbar Injuries
Your lower back is comprised of the lumbar region of the spine. Injuries
to the lumbar region can include fractures, herniation of discs, ligament
sprains, and strained muscles. Many of these injuries can be treated with
therapy, some might require surgery. The most severe lower back lumbar
injuries might put a person out of work (if their work involves physical labor).
Can’t go back to work after a car accident?
It might be difficult for some to return to work after injuring their back
in a car accident – this is particularly true for people employed
in labor-intensive occupations like construction. In severe car accident
cases, the injury lawyers at Paulson Coletti fight for the compensation
a client needs to offset the cost of being unable to return to work.
We’ve won millions for auto accident victims!
Paulson Coletti’s Portland car accident lawyers have won millions
of dollars in verdicts and settlements in these types of cases, including:
- $1.2 million – Improper Highway Maintenance Car Accident
- $1.1 million – Passenger Injured in a Car Accident
- $1 million – Wrongful Death Caused by a Car Accident
Learn more about our
auto accident case results. If you are suffering from back pain after a car accident, we invite you
to contact our firm today for a
free review of your case. Everyone deserves a passionate advocate, and at our firm, we have three.
Speak with one of us about your accident to learn about your legal rights
and accidents following an accident.